Progress in Nanotechnology

The Conference is a combination of keynotes, panels, posters, program information sessions, discussions of research trends, and principal investigator meetings with NSF program directors.

Day 1: Monday, December 12, 2016

Progress in Foundational Nanotechnology and Infrastructure

Plenary Conference Room, Westin Hotel, Arlington
7:30Coffee and continental breakfast
8:30Conference welcome and purpose of the meeting
Vinayak Dravid, bio, Northwestern University
Academic Chair of Conference
8:40Welcome at NSF
Grace Wang, bio, Directorate for Engineering, Acting AD/ENG, NSF
8:50Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NSF
Mike Roco, bio, NSF
9:10Nanotechnology for Water-food-energy
Moderator: Mamadou Diallo, Caltech
Keynote: Pedro Alvarez, bio abstract, Rice University
Breakthroughs in nanotechnology for Water-food-energy
9:40Refreshment Break and Poster Visitation
Note: all posters will be available in Ernest Hemingway Salon Dec 12 and Dec 13
10:00Panel 1: Nanotechnology for food-energy-water systems
Moderators: 3 Panelists (15+5 min each):
Discussion Topics: What are the unique contributions that Nanotechnology can make to water-food-energy? What are current grand challenges that can be accomplished in the next decade? How do we handle the gap between basic discovery and translation to applications?
11:30Nano in neuro science and engineering
Moderator: James Deshler, bio, NSF/BIO
Keynote: Kristen Harris, abstract/bio, University of Texas at Austin
Using nanoscale phenomena and integration methods to understand and design neurosystems
12:00Working Lunch
12:30International NSE opportunities at NSF (15 min)
Graham Harrison, bio, NSF/OISE
1:00Panel 2. Nano in neuro science and engineering
Moderators: 3 Panelists (15+5 min each):
Discussion Topics: Understanding, simulation and control of selfassembling in biosystems, quantum phenomena and mechanical interactions at subcellular and multi-cell levels; Transition from non-living to living nanostructures - what is the threshold of size and complexity for this transition; from Physics and Chemistry to Biology
2:30Nanoinformatics and big data in nanotechnology
  • Mark Tuominen, bio, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Daryl Hess, NSF/DMR
Keynote: Katy Börner, abstract/bio, Indiana University
Visualizing Nanoscience and Technology
3:00Refreshment Break and Poster Viewing
3:30Panel 3. Nano Centers (NNCI, NERCs, new STCs)
  • Larry Goldberg, bio, ENG/ECCS
  • Guebre Tessema, bio, NSF/DMR
3 Panelists (15+5 min each):
Discussion Topics: National network of available facilities
5:00Panel 4. Nano-Hub Tutorial. User Session
Gerhard Klimeck, Krishna Madhavan, Alejandro Strachan bios abstract, Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)
“General Purpose nano-HUB”
5:45Wrap up for Day 1
6:00Dinner and Cocktail Hour at the Westin Arlington Gateway

Sponsored by Hitachi High Technologies America and Raith America.

Day 2: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Progress in grand challenges and convergence

7:30Coffee and Continental Breakfast
8:00Conference welcome and outline
Vinayak Dravid, bio, Northwestern University
Academic Chair of Conference
8:05Welcome at NSF
Fleming Crim, bio, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, AD/MPS, NSF
8:15Panel 5. BioNanoManufacturing
Moderators: 3 Panelists (20 min each):
Discussion Topics: What are the synthesis/self-assembly/patterning mechanisms? How do these methods compare with competing methods in terms of scalability, controllability, yield, reproducibility, quality and cost?
9:45Keynote: Low energy computing
Moderators: Dimitris Pavlidis, bio, NSF/ENG
Keynote speaker: Tom Theis, bio abstract, Columbia University
New Devices and Architectures for Energy Efficient Computing
10:15Refreshment Break
10:30Panel 6. Brain-like cognitive engineering systems
  • Tom Theis, bio, Columbia University
  • Sankar Basu, bio, NSF/CISE
  • Mona Zaghloul, bio, NSF/ENG
Keynotes (25+5 minute each)
Discussion Topics: Highlight how nanotechnology contribute to brain-like computing; visionary ideas for the next 10-20 years
12:00Panel 7. Portraying Nanotechnology R&D on Video and Web
(Working Lunch)
  • Sarah Bates, bio, NSF/OLPA
  • Al DeSena, bio, NSF
  • 12:20 - Susan Mason, abstract/bio, NSF/OLPA
    “Disseminating nanotechnology in mass media”
  • 12:40 - Sarah Bates, bio abstract, NSF Framework
    “Public image of nanotechnology”
1:00Nanotechnology Informal Science Education
  • Larry Bell, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Al DeSena, bio, NSF
1:00-1:20 Keynote: Larry Bell, bio abstract, Museum of Science
Convergence of Capacities in the NISE Net is Leading to Expanded Informal Education
1:20-1:40 Panelists (10 min each):
1:45Panel 8. Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies
Presentations from individual researcher, centers CNS, NISE Moderators:
  • Jameson Wetmore, bio abstract, Arizona State University
  • Fred Kronz, bio, NSF/SBE
Presenters (20 min each):
Discussion Topics: Role of social sciences in governance of nanotechnology and converging technologies; Scenarios; Convergence Grand Challenges
3:15Refreshment Break
3:30Panel 9. Education and Societal Aspects
Moderators: Panelists (20 min each):
Discussion 30 minutes
5:00Summary of the Conference and Adjourn